After running off from the Hatter Mansion, Alice comes to the clock tower, where she encounters Julius Monrey. When he realizes that Alice is an outsider, he explains to her the world of Wonderland, about some of the inhabitants and their connections, and also explains that she has to interact with the people in Wonderland in order to fill a vial that Peter White left her. Once the vial is full, Alice can return home.
In this volume, Alice also encounters Ace (a knight of Heart Castle), Vivaldi (the Queen of Hearts), Nightmare (he is the one who allowed Peter to bring Alice to Wonderland), and Boris Airay (who is basically a punk version of the Cheshire Cat).
I found Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume One to be a very fascinating read. Once the reader truly begins understanding the characters and interactions in Wonderland, the reader is left wondering if there’s truly anyone outside of Alice who is a “good guy” and is someone that she can trust. It’s actually a bit of a head trip, but I tend to like stories that make me think a little more. Also, while you can tell that the manga is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story, there’s enough differences that are introduced in this telling that make it stand out from its inspiration.
I would definitely like to read more of Alice in the Country of Hearts in the future, in order to find out whether or not the series continues to live up to the promise that is shown in Volume One.